My mother again, while we were having a cup of tea prior to our afternoon 'squircle' - as usual, I never get a portrait all right, I just catch aspects of the person. Mum is very fond of this legs crossed position and does at times look somewhat haunted, though I'm not sure if she was when I was actually doing this drawing - every pen mark on a face can be so powerful. I got home to find everyone else had gone off to a film, so I enjoyed an evening ride to Manuka to browse at the late night bookshop.
And for Jana, who asked what size my sketchbooks are - I have a large and a small moleskine and a 5 1/2" square 140gm white paper book. Most of my people are 3 - 5" high.
And Andrea asked, "would I recommend this activity" - did you mean sketch and exercise (sketchercise) - it depends what you're after. For me, it has been wonderful to have a commitment to draw every day. It has also been great to be challenged to exercise every day. I think a year long challenge is necessary to help me make it a habit and a need. If you want to get fitter or lose weight, it may be necessary to look carefully at diet and the forms of exercise that you do - just walking/meandering doesn't do it for me. The sketching does take time and perhaps satisfies the creative urge so that larger projects lapse or go slow. I don't know if my sketching ability has improved, but I have got much more confident and will have a go at nearly anything - and I no longer give up on a sketchbook just because of one ruined page. As it's turned out, this little group, with three regular walkers and a few enthusiastic visitors has been ideal - not too many others to visit and comment but sufficient notice taken that I must keep going. Thank you to everyone for being part of this challenge. I would not have been able to do it on my own. 10 km cycle